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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 69

Mr Beazley —Mr Spender asked me a question without notice on 11 May 1983 ( Hansard, page 415) concerning losses incurred by airlines due to traffic congestion and delays at Sydney Airport.

The following is the answer to the honourable member's question:

Airlines using Sydney Airport are incurring losses caused by traffic congestion and traffic delays at the airport.

Delays at Sydney Airport were estimated to cost operators about $7m in the 1982 calendar year.

These were direct operating costs only; they exclude losses due to consequential delays at other airports and costs to passengers.

New traffic management procedures are expected to reduce the delay costs for the year 1983.